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Capital improvements will greet skiers at N.H. areas.

Each summer, many of New Hampshire's ski areas roll up their sleeves and get to work on improving their resorts for the next winter season.

Here's a look at some of the enhancements that guests will enjoy in the Granite State this winter:

* Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway: Cranmore replaced its historic East Double Chair with a triple chairlift, which will increase uphill capacity and add 300 feet of vertical drop to the resort's southern slopes. Sixty new snow guns have been added to the resort's arsenal as well, bringing the total of high-efficiency snow guns to 300. In addition, the Soaring Eagle Zipline will operate all winter, joining the snowtubing park, mountain coaster and giant swing as alternative activities for winter guests.

* Bretton Woods: The ski area added lift service to the Mount Stickney area of the resort and recently added 30 acres of glades to the area that will now be serviced by a 2,000-foot Doppelmayr T-bar lift.

At the top of the lift, a new 600-square-foot log cabin has been constructed. The cabin features an exterior stone fireplace as well as a porch for enjoying the sun on warmer days. On Range View Trail skiers will find 50 new snowguns. The recently constructed Canopy Tour, Williwaw Racing Zip and indoor climbing wall will also be open this winter.

* Black Mountain, Jackson: More than $500,000 was invested over the summer into snowmaking improvements, including two new Ingersoll Rand Centac electric air compressors that will more than double the area's overall snowmaking capacity while reducing the area's carbon footprint. Thirty-five low-energy, high-efficiency tower snow guns have been added to the primary race trail, Jackson Standard, as well as to the Big Dipper, Maple Slalom and Black Beauty trails. A new beginners' area was completed with all-new snowmaking lines, hydrants and low-energy, high-efficiency tower guns.

* Ragged Mountain, Danbury: Over $1 million was spent to upgrade Ragged's snowmaking system, including 100 new low-energy, high-efficiency tower snow guns. The guns will benefit from a new pump that will increase the system's capability by 25 percent.

* Pats Peak, Henniker: This winter, skiers will be greeted by a warming area, brick walkway, stone walls, granite steps and clock tower. On the hill, a new Air Bag will allow skiers and riders in the F5 Terrain Park to learn new tricks while landing on the soft, inflated bag. A new novice trail has been added to the "backside" of the mountain, eventually feeding skiers and riders onto the Breeze trail--the first step in a long-term expansion plan for the backside of the mountain.

* Waterville Valley: Younger skiers and riders will be able to enjoy the new Adventure Trail, featuring multiple mutes through the woods with stops for bear caves, snow whales, a ski-thru sugar shack and hidden animal figures. A new learning park has been added on the Revelation trail, offering special "kid-sized" features for developing skills. Snowmaking has been added to a cross-country ski loop in Town Square.

* Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch: Cannon spent $500,000 on snowmaking improvements this summer. New air and water lines have been installed on Upper Cannon and fan gun power pedestals have been added on Lower Cannon. A new twenty-foot automated portable tower fan gun, one of the first of its kind in North America, has been added as well.

* Granite Gorge, Keene: This winter, the area added a new lodge, and the terrain park will now be top-to-bottom on the Monadnock Trail with snowmaking and lighting. The Granite Gorge Bag lump has been replaced by a bigger and better version.

* Mount Sunapee, Newbury: Mount Sunapee has purchased another 14 high-efficiency snow guns, bringing the total of guns purchased over the past five years to 72. These guns make up to twice as much snow while using 75 percent less compressed air. There will be a new Airbag that will be open to the public in the terrain park, allowing skiers and riders to practice jumping or learning tricks.

* Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford: Over the summer, upgrades have been made to the snowmaking system, including replacing pipes and other improvements that will allow for more efficient operations. The recently constructed Zip-Tour will be available to guests throughout the winter, offering eight different zip-lines.

* Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme Center: A new Pisten Bully Winch Snowcat was added to the grooming fleet. Other improvements include new snowmaking on the Post-Doc trail and a new snowmaking compressor.

* Loon Mountain, Lincoln: Loon added two new terrain parks built specifically for families; the Burton Riglet Park and Lil' Stash. Also opening will be the Hearthside Cafe, featuring healthy lunch choices. The 234-room Mountain Club on Loon recently completed a $9 million renovation, including renovated bathrooms and flat screen TVs.

* McIntyre Ski Area, Manchester: Will be adding an all-new terrain park for the winter.

* Windblown Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, New Ipswich: Windblown's logging operation has added another 30 acres of glade skiing through selective cutting.
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Title Annotation:MEETINGS; New Hampshire
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Nov 2, 2012
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